Components

Tag

A tag draws attention to new or categorized content elements.

New
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<span class="usa-tag">New</span>

When to use the tag component

  • To draw attention to new, important content. Tags can focus attention on important content on that might otherwise be missed.
  • To filter results with one or more tags.
  • To indicate the number of new or unread items within a container. For example, to indicate the number of unread emails within a person’s inbox.

When to consider something else

  • Confusion with buttons. Avoid tags if they might appear in the same area of the page as buttons.
  • New or updated content. To call attention to new or updated content, consider changing the background color of the object itself or experiment with changing the font weight.
  • When users already expect content to be updated frequently. For example, on a site dedicated to breaking news. In this case placing the new content at the top may be enough.

Usability guidance

  • Users frequently confuse tags as buttons. Always conduct usability testing to make sure your particular implementation is not causing frustration.
  • If your tags aren’t interactive, disable hover, focus, and active styles.
  • Don’t mix interactive and static tags. Once you establish a pattern for how tags behave on your site, users will expect that behavior every time.
  • Don’t overdo it. If everything on a page is called out as important, nothing commands unique attention.

Accessibility

  • Use ARIA live regions to highlight dynamically loaded content. When tags are used to call out new content that is dynamically loaded onto a page, be sure to use ARIA live regions to alert screen readers of the change.

Package information

  • Package usage: @import usa-tag
  • Requires: required, global